As one of the region’s critical conservation landscapes, the Amboseli ecosystem encompasses roughly 5,700 km2 that stretches across the Kenya-Tanzania border. With Kenya’s Amboseli National Park as its epicenter – one of the country’s most popular tourism parks – the system is dependent on the wider pastoral rangelands, and the long history of co-habitation between wildlife and Maasai necessitates a holistic conservation approach that integrates biodiversity and human livelihoods.
The Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) was formed with the mission to secure the sustainable management of the Amboseli landscape. As a trust formed by and composed of community institutions, government representatives, and partner NGOs, AET is uniquely positioned to serve as a coordinating body to facilitate and mobilize the sustainable and participatory management of the Amboseli Ecosystem.
While these stakeholders’ posses varying interests in the area, they all want to see a reduction in land fragmentation, degradation, and habitat loss across the Amboseli Ecosystem.
The Amboseli Ecosystem Trust brings together the communities and organizations of Amboseli to develop land use practices that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of communities through the coexistence of people and wildlife. This is to keep the Amboseli Ecosystem rangelands open, diverse and healthy for the benefit of people and wildlife.